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Hachinosu, also known as Pirate Island (海賊島 Kaizoku-jima?), is a New World island known to be a "Pirate Paradise" (海賊達の楽園 Kaizoku-tachi no Rakuen?) and is currently occupied by the Blackbeard Pirates.[1]

It is said to be the origin of the Davy Back Fight[2] and where the legendary Rocks Pirates were formed.[3]

Geography

Hachinosu is a relatively small-to-mid-sized island (still shown to dwarf Thriller Bark) whose foundation consists of dark-gray rock. Centrally on it are constructions made of yellowish rock, most prominently a large, skull-fashioned formation in its center, towering over all else. A city of many smaller buildings (all square, crudely brick-built ones) surrounds said skull, as does a series of proportionally huge palm trees.[1]

The skull's inside is carved into what appears to be a fortress (where Blackbeard has been shown to reside), with the "nose" hole being a giant glass window (with additional, smaller windows dotting the skull here and there), and both "eye" holes going right through the whole structure. On the outside, the skull is carved to look like it is wearing a bandana, including a rocky protrusion on the left side shaped like the ends of a knot.[1]

Residents

See also the associated category: Hachinosu Residents.

History

Past

Long ago, the island became a paradise for pirates, and it's said that it was the birthplace of the Davy Back Fight. It was also the location where the Rocks Pirates were formed.

During the Timeskip

Sometime after the Summit War of Marineford, and perhaps the Payback War, the Blackbeard Pirates came to this island and made it their base of operations.

Wano Country Arc

Hearing that Absalom had come to the dangerous island for a story, and that the Blackbeard Pirates are on the hunt for Devil Fruit users, the former Warlord, Gecko Moria arrived at the island with an army of zombies to rescue him. Unfortunately, he soon learns that Absalom was killed and his power was transferred to Shiryu. Blackbeard then offers him an opportunity to join his crew.

Trivia

  • "Hachinosu" (蜂の巣?) is Japanese for "beehive" or "honeycomb". It is also the colloquial term used to describe riddling someone with bullet holes, hence the term "Fullalead" in the Viz translation.
  • Hachinosu is likely inspired by real-world places:
    • Tortuga Island, a major center and "haven" of Caribbean piracy in the 1600s.
    • Port Royal, Jamaica, another such haven where Caribbean pirates from around the world congregated during the 1600s. By the 1660s, the city had become a pirate utopia and gained a reputation as the "Sodom of the New World". Additionally, it has been historically subject to severe earthquakes plus accompanying tsunamis, which may be played on in-series with Marshall D. Teach's use of the Gura Gura no Mi.
  • Hachinosu is similar to Onigashima, as both islands are most distinguished by a massive, skull-shaped structure in their center, and both are occupied by one of the Four Emperors (Blackbeard and Kaidou respectively).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 925 (p. 4-11) and Episode 917, The island is first shown, and the Blackbeard Pirates' presence on it is revealed.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 306 (p. 5) and Episode 208, Nico Robin mentions "Pirate Island".
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 957 (p. 6) and Episode 958, Sengoku talks about the Rocks Pirates.

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